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 Light in the woods by Russ Butler

January 2021 - Light in the woods

January 2021 - Russ Butler


About the Image(s)

I was fascinated with this light while at my Granddaughter’s baby shower. To me it seems like an antique light one might run across in the woods. It is a one-shot image.

Taken Mar 2020 with Fujifilm XT-3, 50/2, 1/125, f/16, ISO 160

9 comments posted

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
I am also fascinated by the decorative filament. The image has come through very well in monochrome. The several layers of reflections are great.   Posted: 01/05/2021 11:34:05

Diana Magor   Diana Magor
It is much better as a mono as it has separated the filament from the background and yet left some details to add interest. You chose to tilt the image so the filament is almost vertical and I wondered why. Is a diagonal slant more pictorial than a vertical?   Posted: 01/08/2021 05:43:28
Russ Butler   Russ Butler
My 1st thought in cropping was to eliminate the windows. In that process it seemed better to make the light bulb vertical as if it was plugged into the top of the image. So, for me, it seemed like the better way to finish this image. Thanks for your comments   Posted: 01/08/2021 18:02:18

Russ Butler   Russ Butler
Diana, I decided to try a diagonal crop as you suggested. It Does give a different feel & perhaps better than the centered & vertical version. Thanks, what do you think?   Posted: 01/08/2021 22:40:45
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Diana Magor   Diana Magor
Now I'#m not sure as with this one you included the light holder fitting which you'd have to in part. So maybe the better one is the vertical. Just goes to show you have to experiment!   Posted: 01/09/2021 04:50:33
Russ Butler   Russ Butler
Another versions   Posted: 01/09/2021 18:15:51
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Diana Magor   Diana Magor
No, this has lost the surrounds which helped to make this interesting, because they were less stark and the circle encapsulated the spiral. I much prefer your original version.   Posted: 01/10/2021 04:52:54

Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
You did an excellent job of capturing this very interesting light bulb. Light bulbs are very hard to photograph because of the reflections, and you have done it very well. Monochrome is the way to go, and I like the centered straight on bulb as you presented it as your main image. It makes a statement.   Posted: 01/10/2021 13:44:59

Jennifer Doerrie   Jennifer Doerrie
This is a neat light bulb. I can see why it drew your interest. Thanks for showing the alternate versions of the image, too. When I first viewed this image, I wondered if it was too centered. However, after playing with it a bit myself and seeing your other versions, I've now decided I prefer the way you have presented it originally. Brightening the plants/vines behind the light when you converted to monochrome helped too, I think, as they add some interest in the background without being distracting. Again, I think your original is the better version, but tried a crop that was somewhat more abstract just to see how that would work.   Posted: 01/12/2021 23:18:44
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